Kansas City Chiefs 2017: Week 15 Notes vs. Los Angeles Chargers

It appears that the conference is dominated by the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers - who meet in a colossal matchup on Sunday - and everyone else. However, since Perryman returned to the lineup in Week 10, the Chargers are allowing 108 rushing yards a contest, good for No. 16 in the NFL. Since 1989, just one team has started 0-4 and made the playoffs: the 1992 San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers move into first place in the AFC West on Saturday night, as they are able to take care of the Chiefs on the road. Both teams are 7-6.

So, with a relatively healthy squad and confidence to boot, Los Angeles will look to even the season series and control its own destiny through the remainder of the season.

One might assume that Kansas City is the favorite here-not only did they handle the Chargers in LA by two touchdowns earlier this season, but they've reeled off seven consecutive wins against the Bolts, and they're always tough at Arrowhead, where they haven't lost to the Chargers in four years. In fact, the AFC West crown was all but being given to them with the Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos nowhere to be found.

The Chargers have been building a strong roster. In fact, it's interesting that the Chargers play in a stadium called the StubHub Center, because it will nearly take a ticket bought on StubHub to attend this AFC West Show down. Their unique, maddening penchant for blowing games in unheard of fashion has dated back to the Marty Schottenhemier days.

It's never easy to predict a comeback from the brink for any team that starts 0-4. Let's find out. Each writer's win-loss record for the season is in parentheses. The loss to the Jaguars was rough, a three-pointer that could have easily gone Los Angeles's way. The game will be the biggest for the Chargers for at least the last three years. To win this game the Chargers will need to get turnovers which they had in recent games and the way to get him to turn the ball over is by hitting him. The over/under is set at 46.0, and with these two offenses, that number could wind up being too little. Could they have simply taken advantage of the Giants, Bills and Jets part of the schedule and built an unassailable division lead? If they want a win in KC tonight, they HAVE to keep that trend rolling. This team is loaded. Rivers has not thrown an interception in a month and that one was an overtime heave against Jacksonville that was probably as much Benjamin's fault as his.

WR Keenan Allen: 39 rec., 547 yards, 4 TD in last 4 games; Allen: 100-plus receiving yards in 4 straight games. The Chargers' offensive line has been sensational, as quarterback Philip Rivers has been sacked a league-low 15 times.

With the Chargers claiming one of the league's most risky pass rushes with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, Smith won't have a ton of time in the pocket, but Hunt should be able to create some opportunities for the Chiefs' offense. This is a guy the Chargers pilfered in the fifth round. Look for the Chargers to run the ball to tire out the already weakened Chiefs defense.

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